Grilling Steaks Made Easy

Grilled Steaks Anyone?

Steaks are one of the most desirable grilled dishes. There is nothing worst than sitting on the side lines, waiting for the so called grill master to finish grilling the perfect steak, only to find out that the perfect steak did not turn out so perfect after all. So then you think…what a waste. The only thing more devastating would be if you were the one doing the grilling. Wait a minute…maybe you were the one doing the grilling and that’s exactly why you are reading this now. Or, maybe you are new to grilling and looking to learn the basics of grilling a steak. Either way, its good that you want to learn and we are here to give you some great grilling steak tips.

You should know that grilling a steak is more than taking a steak out of the pack, washing it, and throwing it on the grill. You need to know how to pick a steak, the different steak types, what marinades to use (optional), and how to grill your steak, which is simple to do when understand the basics.

Choosing The Right Steak To Grill

There are several different cuts of steaks to consider. But when looking for the right steak for grilling, we need to focus on the thickness and try to find a steak that is at least 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch thick.  Sirloin, t-Bone (thick cut), porterhouse, filet mignon and rib eye steaks are probably the best steaks for grilling. Try to choose the best grade for your budget keeping in mind that prime is the best, choice being the second best, and select being the third best cut. Also note that the best steaks for grilling have streaks of fat running through them, which melts during the cooking process and prevents the steak from drying out.

marinades for steaksMarinades for Steaks

Steaks are pretty easy when it comes down to seasoning. There is no need to over do it. By adding kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and crushed garlic and onions (optional), you will get a very flavorful steak . Season the steak on both sides and let the season settle in for about 5 minutes before proceeding. Marinades can be used as a tenderizer and is recommended when working with select grades of meat. Marinades do not have to be elaborate and can usually be made using condiments that are already in your pantry. The most popular marinades for steaks usually involve using any combination of worcestershire sauce, lemon, lime, olive oil, onion, garlic, and soy sauce. To achieve your desired results, decide on the flavor in which you are trying to achieve and go from there. Marinating aged prime and choice beef will ruin the steak.

Getting the temperature right

Start of by preheating the grill. You will want to make sure the grill is hot before placing your steak on the grid. When using a charcoal grill, you can expect the heating process to take around 30 minutes. Your charcoal grill will have reached the desired temperature once the charcoal turn to a ash gray color. When using a gas grill, you may want to use a dry-rub seasoning to add flavor. Marinated or seasoned steaks should be placed in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow flavor to soak in. Proceed with cooking your steak once they have been removed from the refrigerator and have sat out a long enough time to have reached room temperature.

Cooking Your Steak

Steaks should be seared on high to seal in juices and retain flavor. When cooking your steaks, be sure to turn them over every 4 to 5 minutes. To create the cross-ways grill impressions, rotate the steaks at a 45 degree angle. Use a grilling spatula are thong to flip steaks rather than a fork to avoid losing juices. Avoid keeping the steaks in the same spot. Monitor closely to avoid flare-ups. If flare-ups occur, reposition the steak. In regard to cooking time, it is very hard to give a specific time-frame in which your steak will be done. There are so many factors to consider such as meat cuts, grill heating temperature, and whether a gas grill or charcoal grill will be used. The best thing to do is cover your grill with a lid when cooking and constantly monitor your meat by raising the lid every 3 to 4 minutes.

How to tell if a steak is done

If you need to know how to tell if a steak is doneyou can use either of the three methods listed below.

Touch Test: The touch test requires comparing the firmness of the steak to certain places on your hands. You will need to push the steak with your finger. If the steak gives a spongy, soft feel like the part of your hand under your thumb, it is rare. If the steak feels firm but still have a little give, like the palm of your hand below your pinky finger, than the steak is medium done. If the steak is firm and does not give any, like the center part of your hand, it is well done.

Meat Thermometer: Using a meat thermometer, a rare steak should read around 140° F or 60 °C, medium around 160°F  or 70°C, and well done around 170°F or 75°C.

Visual Observation: To visually tell if a steak is cooked, use a knife to make a small slit inside the middle of the steak to observe the color of the steak. Rare steaks will be a reddish pink center, medium done steaks will be light pink in the center and well done steaks will be completely brown in the center. Remember that your steak will continue to cook once of the grill for a bit.

Now that your steak is done, you should allow it to rest a bit before eating. Your steak should be ready to eat 5 to 10 minutes after removing it from the grill.

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